A new study says the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy are taking a toll on the mental health of New Jersey residents impacted by the storm.
The study was released Wednesday and says more than a quarter of the 100,000 residents whose homes were hit by structural damage during Sandy are experiencing moderate to severe mental health distress two and a half years alter.
Researchers say about 14 percent of residents report post-traumatic stress symptoms. The study also says recurring mold problems related to the October 2012 storm were linked to asthma and mental health problems.
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Researchers from Rutgers and New York universities along with Columbia and Colorado State universities surveyed 1,000 affected state residents for the study. It was funded by the state Health Department.